Saints to welcome defending Super Bowl champs

New Orleans will host Philadelphia in NFC Divisional playoff round

Saints to welcome defending Super Bowl champs
New Orleans Saints will be out in force Sunday when the Saints welcome the Philadelphia Eagles for an NFL playoff game. (Source: Tim Eddington)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After two days of watching and waiting, the New Orleans Saints finally know who they’ll be playing in a National Football Conference Divisional Playoff Round.

The Saints (13-3), the top seed in the NFC, will welcome the sixth-seeded Philadelphia Eagles to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 3:40 p.m. Sunday.

The Eagles (10-7), the defending Super Bowl champions, advanced to the divisional round with a 16-15 victory Sunday over the third-seeded Chicago Bears (12-5) in an NFC Wild Card game.

The Eagles and Saints met during the regular season on Nov. 18, with New Orleans taking a 48-7 decision at Philadelphia.

Wild cards won three of the weekend’s four, first-round games, including both winners in the American Football Conference.

In the AFC, where the sixth-seeded Indianapolis Colts (11-6) took down the third-seeded Houston Texans (11-6) 21-7 Saturday and the fifth-seeded Los Angeles Chargers (13-4) held off the fourth-seeded Baltimore Ravens (10-7) 23-17 Sunday.

In Saturday’s NFC match up, the fourth-seeded Dallas Cowboys (11-6) outlasted 24-22 the fifth-seeded Seattle Seahawks (10-7).

Four games this weekend will decide the teams playing for conference championships and a spot in Super Bowl LIII.

Saturday, the Colts visit the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) at 3:35 p.m. on WDAM, followed by Dallas traveling to the second-seeded Los Angeles Rams (13-3) at 7:15 p.m. on FOX.

Sunday, the Chargers will visit the second-seeded New England Patriots (11-5) at 12:05 p.m. on CBS, with the Eagles at the Saints waiting in the wings.

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